BBC2 has greenlit new scripted comedy project Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back from Zeppotron.
Starring Kevin Bishop as Farage, the 30 minute fly-on-the-wall mock-documentary will combine pieces to camera with footage following the day-to-day reality of being Nigel Farage.
Farage resigned as UKIP leader in July after Britain voted to leave the EU, saying he wanted his life back.
Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back sees “public Nigel”, the colourful character that the country has come to know and love/hate.
The programme also looks at private “Nigel”, the man behind the facade, at home, eating bangers and mash watching Pointless and insisting that he doesn’t miss the limelight, that he’s much happier out of politics and that he never wanted to be prime minister anyway.
Peter Holmes, Managing Director of Zeppotron and Executive Producer said: “This project couldn’t feel more relevant. Nigel Farage has had a huge part to play in the momentous political events of recent times, and everybody has an opinion of him. We hope we can create a lot of laughter while painting a portrait of such a divisive figure as he fills the empty hours of retirement.”
Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back is produced by Zeppotron, part of Endemol Shine Group. It was commissioned for BBC2 by Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning and Alex Moody, Commissioning Editor for BBC Comedy.
The writers are Alan Connor (‘The Rack Pack’, ‘Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe’, ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’.) and Shaun Pye (‘The Rack Pack’, ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’, ‘The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret’, ‘Monkey Dust’).
It is produced by Kate Daughton (‘Toast of London,’ ‘Bo Selecta!’ , ‘Big Bad World’) and executive produced by Peter Holmes (‘The Rack Pack’, ‘Would I Lie To You?,’ ‘Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy’.)